Loke Ki Bolbe, an exclusive Ekushey Boi Mela release, authored by Ayman Sadiq and Sakib Bin Rashid, explores the conversations revolving around societal expectations and pressures. Before writing the book, the authors conducted a modest online survey to investigate the effects of certain phrases and assumptions on the mental health and constructive work life of different individuals. Through that, they discovered how the questions asked affected the respondents. For instance, they found out that often, women are judged for their clothes, relationships, work, marital life and independence.
“This book is a wake-up call for all those who have lost their dreams and aspirations because of societal pressures,” shares Ayman, Founder, Robi 10 Minute School.
The initial idea behind the book came up when Sakib was writing a chapter for Ayman’s previous publication, Bhallagena, a book that addressed the various barriers that obstruct an individual from constructive work. “I realised that the judgments and expectations of people play a major role in how we perceive things,” says Sakib, Deputy Manager at BRAC Education Programme and Chief Strategist at Robi 10 Minute School. An avid admirer of Humayun Ahmed, Sakib was further inspired by his experiences in debating contests and the challenges he faced as a young boy.
He soon started writing about different issues and shared his views on social media. “Since videos catch more attention than words, I simultaneously started posting video messages to communicate with people,” he says.
As a first-time author, Sakib encourages young readers to give the book a try, as they will be able to learn from and relate to the content.
Loke Ki Bolbe is illustrated by Antik Mahmud. Asif Hossain designed the book cover, while Sadman Sadik clicked the photographs on the front cover. The book, published by Adarsha Publications, is now available in stalls 421 to 424 at the Ekushey Boi Mela, for BDT 255.